Newark (N.J.) Barringer vs. Orange (N.J.)
Kemoko Turay played the second game of his varsity career, and while he is incredibly raw, he is also athletic. At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Turay lacks strength but he is key to Barringer's defense because of his explosiveness off the edge. He spent the first quarter in the backfield before Orange decided to double team him with a running back on every passing play. He moves well, and has a very high motor. It will take him a few years before he is college ready, but he can develop into a very good player at the next level.
Orange is home of Connecticut commit Jamar Summers, a smooth defensive back who was recruited to play cornerback but was a free safety in a 21-18 win. He read plays well and was fluid, but he is not a hard-hitting safety. He can flip his hips and play, which is mandatory since he is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds and doesn't safety size. Summers also played receiver and had a pair of touchdown catches, and he looks like he could play receiver in college as well.
Michael Clark, Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
Greenville (N.C.) D.H. Conley vs. Havelock (N.C.) Havelock running back Derrell Scott showed why he is one of the top juniors in the country. The 5-foot-11 and 185-pound Scott finished the evening with 205 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries in Havelock's 41-14 win. Scott, who has added 10 pounds of muscle sense last season, scored on runs of 96 (longest run in school history), 72, 13, and five yards. Scott's quick feet and great vision make him a nightmare for defenders in the open field. Although Scott has great speed and can make defenders miss as well as anyone I have seen at the high school level, he is also in other areas. The 2014 playmaker ran well inside the tackles and was very good in pass protection. Scott was great last year, but has improved significantly in every aspect of his game. He has 10 scholarship offers and that number will likely double before the end of the season.
As a junior, Pharoh Cooper was an all-state performer as a wide receiver and return man. However, the South Carolina commit has moved to quarterback this fall and has not missed a beat. Cooper threw for 170 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 145 yards and another touchdown. Cooper flew under-the-radar on the recruiting trail, but the Gamecocks got a steal. Like Scott, he has added 10 pounds of muscle and now checks in at 190 pounds. Cooper has a very strong arm and can make all the throws. With that said, Cooper is at his best when he is outside the pocket. Every time he has the ball in his hands he is a threat to go the distance. South Carolina is recruiting him to play defensive back, but it is going to be very tough to keep the ball out of his hands. Cooper has a quiet confidence about him and is a natural leader. With him under center, the Rams have to feel pretty good about their chances to repeat as 3A state champions.
Malcolm Ashley is tough in the trenches. The 6-foot-4 and 260-pound lineman showed the ability to play both sides of the ball. While I like him better on the defensive side of the ball, his skill set gives the Pirates several options. Ashley a great athlete and has the frame to add a substantial amount of weight. He plays with great leverage and runs extremely well. His ability to take on multiple offensive lineman at a time allowed Havelock's linebackers and defensive backs to make play after play. Ashley should develop into a very good player at the next level.
Havelock lineman Kendall Vickers is an intriguing prospect. Like Ashley, he can play on both sides of the ball, but I think he is best suited to play defense. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Vickers could play both defensive tackle and end in college, depending on the scheme. He is long and athletic. Vickers has a great motor and showed good range. He too runs extremely well for a bigger player and has a lot of upside. While his next stop could be junior college, several major programs have their eye on Vickers, and he is a definite Division I prospect.
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